Thursday, March 1, 2012

Jumping the shark: Yoga in the Olympics?

The newest Olympic 'sport': yoga?
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Yoga, the ancient yet ever-popular practice that emphasizes relaxation and inner focus, might be getting a little more competitive. If one group devoted to yoga has its way, the popular exercise will eventually be an event in the Olympic Games.

The United States Yoga Federation hopes “to join with similar organizations in other countries to form an international yoga federation and qualify Yoga Asana as an Olympic sport,” according to its website.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that the group will host the three-day National Yoga Asana Championship in New York City beginning March 2. Participants will be judged on their yoga postures, and winners will compete in an international yoga competition this summer in Los Angeles.

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